Okay so before I get bashed by everyone and their mother on this topic, yes I did search this forum as well as google. I could not find the exact questions Im asking, if you do please by all means point me in that direction, but I would rather have MY questions answered before spending the money.
Anyways I am considering getting a RC lift, I've heard many mixed opinions of them. This will be a daily driver aswell as light play in the woods. Im pretty much stock now so anything I can do now i don't really ask more from the RC as far from aesthetics. Im currently running 30" but don't plan on going bigger than 31's. I heard so many things, but being on a budget, this is in my price, but i don't want to waste money on crap. Ive heard they didn't do well as far as flex, I'm not looking for crazy flex, but I do want a somewhat smooth ride. Ive also heard they sag easily, but some people say they don't. Im only really loading up with a hardtop, spare tire, and winch.
I did the whole RC thing with my yj. I did not like it and finally replace them with zone's 4" springs. The rc springs will more than likely sag with the added weight such as hardtop, winch, bumpers etc. The springs are simply not designed to hold excess weight it seems. Heck my old 4" rc springs barely held up to a hardtop and 4.0 engine. Zone sells a 2" yj spring lift not too much higher in price than rough country's stuff. Check that out before going any further on a lift. Your doing a smart thing and research, because I sure did not research on lifts and jumped on the rough country price bandwagon. Never again I will do that.
"Its a Jeeps World, other 4x4s just get stuck in it."
I installed an RC lift over a year ago and I can most definitely say it is terrible. It is a waste of time and money. The ride is very bouncy and just overall uncomfortable. First time I drove it I thought I was going to bounce right off the road. Then again, my tires were too pumped up and my springs were over torqued. Letting some air out of the tires and loosing up the springs helped A LOT but I'm still looking to swap it out for OME or something comparable, like the one's mentioned earlier. The only good thing that came out of the RC lift is the removal of all the rusty hardware. Now it'll be much easier to install the new lift. Thanks RC!! : D
I bought OME separately. Fronts were $78, rears were 90 something. You asked for opinions, you got them. Rough Country is just that... Rough. Rough on the Jeep, rough on your body. If you need to do a transfer case drop, temporarily use half an inch of washers until you can afford to do it right.
Sometimes saving money end up costing more.
"The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of low price has faded from memory" Aldo Gucci-
"Quality is doing it right when no one is looking" Henry Ford-
What happens in my Jeep, stays in my Jeep
Ive heard good things about zone's products. Any opinions? Thats definitely in my budget.
I see. Did you go on their site and take a look at their lift? Im running the 4" zone springs on my yj and they flex great, ride smoother right out the box. That being said their parent company runs bds too. BDS as you can tell already is very reputable on here heck I almost committed to bds as a replacement spring for the rc stuff. The thing about zone and bds, bds you get a great warranty while zone I don't know about their warranty policies. Only a few yjs on here including me runs their stuff and so far enjoys the product. Every company's rep starts ups with the consumers personal experience with them. Rough country's bad rep began with bad experiences among the consumers while Bds, OME, RE reputation is highly praised because the satisfaction they bring to jeepers who run them. If your on budget I wouldn't rule zone out, but thats just me.
"Its a Jeeps World, other 4x4s just get stuck in it."
I did look at their 2" and 4" im lean more towards the two inch. Im thinking thats the way to go. With that being said whats needed for the 2" lift, do i need to drop the tcase change drive angles or what?
fwiw... ALL Jeepers are on a budget.
But if you indeed did search, you should have also read 'you get what you pay for' and 'you'll end up paying for it twice', 'do it right the first time', ect. ect.
Yup, I'm one of those guys. I heard the grumblings of how poor quality RC is. But I knew someone that was running them and said it wasn't that bad. It was in my price range and I wanted a lift. So $1200 later (4 inch RC lift, black soft 8 wheels, 33x10.5R15 BFG AT tires) I realized I had gears that are too small to turn those big tires (not sure if I have 3.07 or 3.55 gears - I did axel test, it came out to be what I thought was 3.07 but I recently asked for a build sheet from Jeep and they are claiming I have 3.55 gears) and I really didn't like the ride quality. Did I mention that after 6 months my left rear end started to sag? I guess the new and improved RC is not so improved.
So now I am looking to get the OME lift because it has a good rep and I can buy the parts a little at a time. Money does not grow on trees around these parts. If I had done this right the first time, I could be making more head way on other upgrades but, no, I'm stuck back tracking and redoing a lift.
Trust me, do it right the first time. You don't want to be in my shoes. I would skip the Zone lift and save up for OME. They have a better track record. Zone doesn't really have a long history. The BDS 2 inch lift isn't a bad price range, though. It's cheaper than OME, $200-$300 cheaper.